Mexico starts exporting wind power to US

Jun 09, 2015 12:00 AM

The US$300mn Energía Sierra Juárez wind farm in Tecate, Mexico, has entered operations, becoming the first border wind facility to export power to the US, developers IEnova and InterGen said.

The 155MW plant has 47 Vestas 3.3MW turbines and will sell electricity to utility San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Electricity will be transmitted to SDG&E's San Diego East County substation via a cross-border power line, IEnova, the Mexican unit of US firm Sempra Energy, said in a press release.

"The Energía Sierra Juárez wind farm is evidence of IEnova's commitment to renewable energy," IEnova CEO Carlos Ruiz Sacristán said. "This project will contribute to the sustainable development of the border region."

InterGen president Neil Smith added: "Energía Sierra Juárez coincides with the celebration of InterGen's 20 years in the market and represents an important step in our history.

"This is the first cross-border wind project, supplying an alternative energy resource to southern California. Renewable energy is a future growth area for us. We are committed to expanding our business in Mexico."

InterGen is a US power generation firm with operations in several countries.

It would be possible to connect the Baja California state farm to the Mexican grid, IEnova said.

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